PATROL GEAR (Part 1)
In the world, and even in the country that we live in, our spiritual enemies never really declare a truce. Therefore, we need to stay ready and alert for battle. Such as no soldier goes to battle, without the proper battle gear, no scouts can effectively patrol without the proper tools and attire, even. The same likewise applies to us, who feel stirred to watch in prayer over our nation.
Before we do any patrolling (praying prophetically through the news), from a place of intimacy with the Lord (of Him knowing us, and us progressively and experientially knowing Him), we are to be empowered with strength from His boundless might. In that place of intimacy, we are to out on His whole armor (not just a part of it, but the whole) to stand against all of the enemy’s strategies and deceits. (Personally, for a year or so now, the Lord has been teaching me the importance of doing this for my daily battles, especially when engaging in a battlefield in the mind). The full armor arms us to respond and do what any crisis demands, without being shaken or moved out of place.
In Ephesians 6, we are given a manual of what to put on in sequence: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, sandals of the gospel of peace, shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Interestingly, the belt of truth and the sword of the Spirit both pertain to the Word of God. In the spiritual battlefield, the importance of being grounded in the Word can never be undermined. It is our compass as we navigate, enabling us to stand our ground and move strategically.
As we put on the gear, we are first instructed to stand and hold our ground (v14). This means we should refuse to be pushed backwards and hence continue our beliefs in an argument. Even in the face of repeated attacks, we will not be intimidated. We can stand our ground because our beliefs are grounded on the Truth: Jesus, Himself, the Word who became flesh and His words, both logos and rhema.
Even as we patrol (that is, pray prophetically through the news, in the context of this FB page), we may see persistent negative reports. We can hear babble of cynical talk from those who do not believe in God and even from those who do but merely subscribe to a form of godliness, but deny His power. The question here is, which truth or reality do we choose to subscribe: that of earth or Heaven?
The belt of truth represents the word of God, the logos and rhema word, as well as the Word who became flesh, Jesus. Interestingly, we are instructed to tighten it in our loins. I was asking God: why should the truth be tightened in the loins?
What is in the loins? The loins is the place of our body where organs of pleasure and reproduction are located. The Lord wants us to tighten our pleasure with His person and His word. We are to delight ourselves in Him.
Tightening the belt of Truth in our loins is also a prequisite to bearing fruit. We are to be attached to the vine, as we are mere branches, who cannot bear fruit, by ourselves.